Junior Madison and Olivia Sever and Morgan and Julia Darmo play key roles for Moorestown High School field hockey.
Moorestown High School field hockey has a pair of dynamic duos hoping to lead the Quakers to a fourth consecutive sectional championship this season.
The Quakers have two pairs of twins who are mainstays in the team’s starting lineup. Identical twins Madison and Olivia Sever and fraternal twins Morgan and Julia Darmo are all juniors at Moorestown High School. Madison plays forward and midfield for the Quakers, Olivia plays right midfield, Morgan is a key defender for Moorestown, and Julia plays both midfield and defense. All four have played key roles in leading the Quakers to Central Jersey Group III sectional championships the past two years.
“I think it was great that we play together,” Olivia said. “We’re great friends now and we play really well together on the field. To have another set of twins, it’s relatable.”
The Sever and Darmo twins first crossed paths in middle school, where the four began playing together on the same travel team.
“Once we got in middle school, I never realized another pair of twins played field hockey,” Morgan said.
The twin connection linked the Sever and Darmo sisters together. They quickly became friends in middle school and remained tight as they began their journey into high school.
As freshmen, three of the four were challenged immediately with roster spots on the varsity team. Madison, Olivia and Julia all got playing time as freshmen on the varsity team. Morgan joined them last year after recovering from a 2015 injury.
“It was definitely challenging physically,” Julia said of her freshman season. “The first preseason, it was so much harder than we expected.”
“We had to fill the spots of the seniors who left,” Madison added. “It was a challenge, but we were up for it. We knew we wanted to impact the team and help the team out as much as we could.”
Since the Severs and Darmos have joined the program, the Quakers have a combined 36–10–2 record. In 2017, Moorestown has won six of its first seven games and is undefeated against South Jersey opponents.
On the field, the sisters believe their chemistry gives them an edge most opponents don’t have. Each knows her twin sister so well, certain aspect of field hockey such as passing and positioning are second nature.
“With passing and stuff, it’s good to connect with each other,” Madison said.
“Since we’ve played together so long, Julia and I, you kind of learn each other’s playing technique,” Morgan said. “You just always know where they are and you can look out for them on the field.”
Playing for a highly competitive team does lead to tension at times. If one sister makes a mistake, she may have to hear it from her twin.
“There’s definitely been tension where you may be yelling at each other or you may hit the ball really hard,” Julia said.
At the end of the day, however, all of the sisters said they would support their twin sister no matter what.
“We’ve never really had a grudge against each other ever,” Morgan said.
The twin connection carries over into the classroom, where the sisters will frequently find themselves sitting next to their twin in the same classes.
“We take all of the same classes, so we’ll do our homework together,” Julia said. “We’re just always together.”
After taking five classes together in 10th grade, the Sever sisters are only taking one class together this year, but they still maintain a tight relationship both in school and at home.
“We talk about things that happen in school and in sports,” Olivia said. “We’re always there for each other if we need anything.”
The Severs and the Darmos have different plans when it comes to their future. Morgan and Julia will attend the same school, as both are verbally committed to play field hockey at Cornell University.
On the other hand, Madison and Olivia will be separating after high school as they plan to attend different colleges.
“As we got older, we found that our passions don’t match,” Olivia said. “(Madison) wants to go to Boston College for field hockey, so we’re going our separate ways for college.”